Poem Town

History of Bradford-Poem-Town

In 2013 the Vermont Humanities Council- Vermont Reads book pick was Poetry 180 with Billy Collins. Out of this titles’ discussion, the Bradford Public Library Poetry Circle was born and  became a monthly gathering. Then, in 2016 the group discovered Montpelier’s Poem City on a stroll through town during National Poetry Month in April. It was an easy leap from the Poem City events to sponsoring our own local celebration! Through Bradford-Poem-Town we make poetry accessible to the community hoping to inspire new readers and writers of poetry.

 The 2018 Bradford-Poem-Town opening event included an integrated art & poetry exhibit  by Bradford Elementary School’s third grade students, and concluded with a public reading by Poet Laureate Sydney Lea.  

Integrated poetry/art by Mack Lornitzo

2019, hosted Chard DiNord, Vermont’s Poet Laureate as the guest reader to celebrate the Bradford Poem Town event. 

2019~Chard DiNord, Vermont’s Poet Laureate celebrates the Bradford Poem Town event. 

In 2020, Bradford’s Poem Town became a virtual event with the creation of our digital collection here on our website.

Each year we invite the community to submit their original poetry by March 15 to be professionally printed and hung in downtown storefronts through the month of April. Participation has grown to more than 100 poems from elementary school aged children, High School students, and adults! This year, 2021, we will once again display poems throughout downtown Bradford and digitally at bradfordvtlibrary.org.

To join the Bradford Poetry Circle or to support Bradford Poem Town call the library at 802-222-4536, or email request@bradfordvtlibrary.org